The next time when you savour the aromatic flavours of a cup of South Indian filter coffee spare a moment of prayer for the peaceful resolution of the current state of unrest and strife in Yemen.
Popular Indian lore says that on a pilgrimage to Mecca in the 16th century Baba Budan, a revered sufi saint from India, discovered for himself the wonders of coffee. In his zeal to share what he’d found with his fellows at home, he smuggled seven coffee beans out of the Yemeni port of Mocha, wrapped around his belly. On his return home, he settled himself on the slopes of the Chandragiri Hills in Kadur district, Karnataka. The locals fell in love with their coffee and it has since become an integral part of our taste graphs.
A lot can happen over a cup of coffee. Amen!